Pollinators!

Until this week, we have seen very few pollinators along the MRG Pollinator Corridor. It was a relief to finally spot many bees and a few monarchs and hummingbirds these last few days The red bee balm is a powerful draw! And the butterfly milkweed is finally attracting monarchs.

Where Are the bees?

There have been very few bees and butterflies along the MRG Pollinator Corridor so far this year. We keep hoping that they have found some idyllic, pesticide-free meadow nearby and are congregating there , soon to show up for the Echinacea, Black-eyed Susans, Bee Balm, Black Cohosh, Calendula, Day Lilies, Obedient Plant, and all the other treats on offer right now at the garden west of the overpass by APD. The good news is the hummingbird that was enjoying the red bee balm today!

A Sunny 4th of July!

Lots of bikers, runners, dog walkers, and strollers out on the MRG today. This family found welcomed shade in the Pocket Park by the tunnel . . . and honestly, the baby had a big smile one second before!

Don’t Mind If I Do

Hugging the edge between the MRG and the wilds beyond, this beauty was making herself at home and paused for a pose while photographer Charles Chapman was walking by.

Care should be given to snapping turtles, observing from a distance so as to not stress the animal. It may be obvious that they move slow, but that neck articulates a long way, so it’s best to not try to handle a snapper, because, you know, they can snap at ya.

Upper Valley Valkyries Rugby Team Refreshes MRG Park

With direction from Pocket Park creator, Cindy Heath, the Upper Valley Valkyries Rugby Team and friends refreshed the MRG park by the tunnel. Such wonderful energy! They worked non-stop for hours, weeding, mulching, and raking. The park looks great.

They also transplanted blueberry bushes from the shade to the sunny side. Those blueberries look happier already. Thanks to all for a job well done!. https://www.uppervalleyrugby.com/

Regulars on the MRG

Some folks are “Regulars” on the MRG. It was fun to meet Marian and her two young bikers, Lilly and Robbie, taking advantage of a nice Spring day. Marian says they try to ride on the MRG every day.

Walk, Bike, Ride, Leb: Online Survey

Over the years, progress has been made toward improving the safety and comfort of walking and bicycling in the City of Lebanon. Some notable achievements include the construction of the Mascoma River Greenway, improved pedestrian safety along the Miracle Mile, addition of sidewalks, and the adoption of a Complete Streets policy

However, Lebanon has never had a comprehensive, citywide plan for walking and bicycling. Once completed, this plan will identify specific actions that the City can take to develop a safecomfortable, and connected walking and bicycling network, including connections to public transportation services. 

The plan will inform how walking and bicycling improvements factor into future City budgets and Capital Improvements Programs, which grant opportunities are pursued, and how new and existing developments can be connected into the walking and bicycling network. Taking a City-wide approach will help identify the highest-priority improvements that can be achieved with limited resources and funding.

Walk, Bike, Ride Leb – Online Survey

What would help you and others to get around Lebanon by foot, bike and bus more often–and with less stress? Take a visual stroll with us through the Walk, Bike, Ride Leb plan’s themes and take a brief survey to share your thoughts with the City of Lebanon decision-makers. Access the Public Input Portal here.

 Learn more at https://lebanonnh.gov/WalkBikeRideLeb.  

Tunnel Art

It was good to see so many people gathered in the tunnel for the unveiling of the new art work.

Ironwood Tree

“Pollinators” – depicting some of the life along the Mascoma River Greenway.

These are the first two pieces of the tunnel vision – more art is being planned for the tunnel and the MRG!

(Did you wonder about the inclusion of a fish on the Pollinator piece? Here is research from the University of Florida: “Scientists have discovered that fish indirectly help spread pollen among flowers near the water. That’s because they eat dragonfly larva, which live in freshwater ponds and other water bodies. Adult dragonflies are major predators of bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators. The result is a simple but unexpected cascade: The more fish, the fewer dragonflies, the more bees and butterflies, the more plant pollination, reproduction and seeds.” So it would seem that fish are actually partners in pollination, thought they themselves do not pollinate . . .and it is the dragonflies in the art work that we might question.) More

Tunnel Vision

Lebanon has a vision for those blank walls of the downtown tunnel; two new public art installations will be revealed as part of Lebanon’s Winter Celebration on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 4:15 pm in the tunnel.

Join the Lebanon Arts and Culture Commission, Lebanon Recreation Arts & Parks, and featured artists

  • “Pollinators” – AVA team: Allison Zito, Amber Geneva, Debra Jayne, Tyler Morrison, and Michael Kraatz
  • “Ironwood” – Greg Stott

More info on the Winter Celebration

Plaque it up!

You may have noticed details added to the benches on the Mascoma River Greenway. Thank you to volunteer Todd Caruso, from Hypertherm North America, for giving his time to the community. We hope you enjoy the newest installation on the MRG.